MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The York College baseball team got six strong innings from Brandon Haggerty and the Spartans held on to defeat a scrappy John Jay squad 9-6 in their third game of their trip to Myrtle Beach.
York (Pa.): 2-1
John Jay: 2-3
Score: York 9, John Jay 6
Hits: York 8, John Jay 9
Errors: York 3, John Jay 1
Left on Base: York 8, John Jay 6
Doubles: York 4, John Jay 1
Triples: York 0, John Jay 2
Homeruns: York 0, John Jay 0
How It Happened:
• John Jay got on the board in the top of the first by taking advantage of a Spartan miscue. Zach Hyde led off the game with a single up the middle and then stole second. Hyde would score on an error off the bat from Philip Bellomo. He would later score on an RBI single by Connor Kilcarr and the Bloodhounds jumped out to an early 2-0 lead.
• The Spartans had quite the answer in the bottom half of the innings putting up a five-spot to take control back. Grant Oberholtzer led the inning off with a single and a stolen bag and would then come around to score on a two-out single from Jack Barry. After Rob Acierno was plunked, Garrett Southern would bring home Barry on a single up the middle. Next batter, Jimmy Wiegers would single through the right side to bring home Acierno and give York a 3-2 lead. The Spartans were not done yet as Joey Ricciardi smashed a double down the left field line two bring home Southern and Wiegers. Ricciardi would be thrown out trying to stretch his hit to a triple but the damage was done and York grabbed a 5-2 advantage.
• In the second inning, York added a pair of runs on just one hit taking advantage of some wild Bloodhound pitching. The Spartans would get three free passes in the frame and Brandon White knocked a two-run double to left field to bring in Austin Denlinger and Oberholtzer. York led 7-2 after just two innings.
• The Spartans continued to put it on with another two runs in the third. A Bailey Doan RBI double and a sac fly off the bat of Oberholtzer gave the Green and White a commanding 9-2 lead after one-third of the game.
• John Jay would begin to chip away in the top of the fifth when Luiz Nunez doubled to lead off the inning. Hyde would later triple to bring in Nunez and then come around to score on the same play via an error to cut the Spartan lead to five.
• The York pitching held John Jay scoreless for three straight innings before the Bloodhounds made things interesting in the top half of the ninth. A lead-off triple for the Hounds followed by a Spartan error cut the lead to four. Sean Napier would single a few batters later to bring in another run. Andrew Ross would come in to save the win for York and would do just that by inducing a double play to earn the save and preserve the 9-6 win.
Spartan Offensive Leaders
Garrett Southern: 2-for-3, RBI, 2 runs scored, 2B, BB
Grant Oberholtzer: 1-for-3, RBI, 2 runs scored, BB, 2 SB
Joey Ricciardi: 1-for-3, 2 RBI, 2B, BB
Jimmy Wiegers: 1-for-3, RBI, 2 runs scored, BB
John Jay Offensive Leaders
Zach Hyde: 3-for-5, RBI, 2 runs scored, 3B, SB
Connor Kilcarr: 2-for-3, RBI
Sean Napier: 2-for-4, RBI, SB, HBP
Brandon Haggerty: 6.0 innings pitched, 7 hits, 4 runs, 2 earned, 7 K (W, 1-0)
Conor Miller: 2.1 innings pitched, 2 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned, 2 BB, 3 K
Andrew Ross: 0.2 innings pitched (Save, 1)
John Jay Pitching
Juan Castillo: 1.1 innings pitched, 6 hits, 7 runs, 7 earned 3 BB (L, 0-1)
Marlon Hiciano: 6.2 innings pitched, 2 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned, 6 BB, 5 K
Notes: The Spartans are now 4-0 all-time against John Jay … the York hitters were walked nine times which is the highest total this season and the most walks since they walked nine times nine games ago against Frostburg State last April … sophomore Brandon Haggerty picked up his first career win as a starter after winning four times out of the bullpen a season ago … Haggerty now owns a career 5-0 record … his six innings of work was a new career high while he tied his career best mark of seven punch outs … junior Andrew Ross came in out the bullpen to record his first career save … York committed a season high three errors in the contest … freshman Joey Ricciardi recorded his first career hit for the Green and White with a two-run double in the first inning.
The Spartans close out their Myrtle Beach trip with a matchup against Pennsylvania foe, Eastern University. First pitch is slated for 10:00 am.